Services - What we provide
Tribal Library System
The Seminole Tribe of Florida provides Community Libraries on four of the six Seminole Reservations. These are Billy Osceola Memorial Library in Brighton, Willie Frank Memorial Library in Big Cypress, Dorothy Scott Osceola Memorial Library in Hollywood, and Diane Yzaguirre Memorial Library in Immokalee.
Our libraries are public in nature with emphasis on Seminole and Florida material. Collections include 23,000+ titles, numerous periodicals, videos, CD ROMS, photo collections, tapes and 40 years’ worth of various news articles on the Seminole Tribe, including an archive of the Seminole Tribune.
Library services include adult and children’s computers for educational and recreational needs, including Internet service at all Tribal Libraries.
The concept of library services to Tribal members was first introduced at the Brighton Day School in the 1940s. Mr. and Mrs. William Boehmer of North Dakota established the first book collection at the Day School.
In 1985, under the leadership of Winifred Tiger, Director of Education, and her assistant, Patricia Jagiel, great strides were taken to improve library services to the reservations. A professional librarian, Norman H. Tribbett, was hired. Collections were updated, libraries were furnished in an attractive manner and additional staff was hired.
In the past several years the library system has undertaken the task of updating and automating its collection. In addition to a completely electronic catalog, the libraries also offer access to the Florida Electronic Library, a database with access to which includes thousands of full text articles in magazines, books, radio and television transcription form. Computers for word processing and Internet services and fax services are also available.
The Seminole Tribal Library System is a member of the American Library Association, the American Indian Library Association and a member of the Southwest Florida Library Network (SWFLN).
Our libraries see over 20,000 patron visits yearly. We take pride in our summer library programs for children, and our libraries serve as research centers for both Tribal and nontribal individuals.
For a bibliography on books about the Seminole Tribe go to the bibliography page.
Tribal Library System Branches:
BILLY OSCEOLA MEMORIAL LIBRARY
ROUTE 6 BOX 668 OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974
PHONE: (863) 763-4236 FAX: (863) 763-0679
Site manager Deborah Johns - e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOURS: 8AM - 5PM (MONDAY-FRIDAY)
DOROTHY SCOTT OSCEOLA MEMORIAL LIBRARY
3100 NW 63RD AVENUE HOLLYWOOD, FL 33024
PHONE: (954) 989-6840 FAX: (954) 233-9536
Site manager David Blackard - e-mail: email@example.com
HOURS: 8:00AM - 5:00PM (MONDAY-FRIDAY)
WILLIE FRANK LIBRARY
HC 61 BOX 46A Big Cypress Reservation
CLEWISTON, FL 33440
PHONE: (863) 983-6724 FAX: (863) 983-3539
Site manager Gretchen DeBree - e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
HOURS: 8 AM-5 PM (MONDAY-FRIDAY)
IMMOKALEE RESERVATION LIBRARY
303 LENA FRANK DRIVE SUITE 3 IMMOKALEE, FL 33934
PHONE: (863) 657-3400
Site Supervisor Natasha Willoughby - email:NatashaWilloughby@semtribe.com
HOURS: 8 AM - 5PM (MONDAY-FRIDAY)